12 photos that capture the true beauty of Swettenham
PUBLISHED: 15:51 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 21:02 26 January 2018
Our readers visit the Dane Valley to discover the best of Cheshire countryside.
Autumn Gate, Swettenham by Allan England
Bluebell Forest, The Lovell Quinta Arboretum by Aneta Talbot
Lavender Field, Swettenham by Aneta Talbot
Lavender Sunset at Swettenham by Angela Dingle
Lombardy Poplars at Quinta Arboretum by Iain Woodside
Quinta Tree Lined Walk by Keith Meredith
River Dane near Swettenham by Keith Carter
Swettenham Arms by Keith Meredith
Swettenham Church by Keith Meredith
Swettenham by Stephen Bridgehouse
Twemlow Viaduct by Keith Carter
Viewing Point at Quinta Arboretum by Keith Meredith
Sir Bernard Lovell is famous for establishing the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory just outside Goostrey which is one of the leading astrophysics centres in the world.
The Lovell Telescope which bears his name is a Grade I listed building and is the third largest steerable dish radio telescope in the world.
But did you know that this famous scientist left a more earthly legacy during his life in Cheshire?
After acquiring a large section of open grassland in the area, Sir Lovell created the Quinta Arboretum, a 28 acre arboretum and botanic site that also contained over 12 acres of woodland.
The arboretum which is now managed by the Tatton Garden Society features over 800 species and 2500 trees and shrubs, including two national collections and a collection of endangered conifers as well as meadows of bluebells and lavender.
The Dane Valley is now a popular walking spot with the Cheshire Wildlife Trust nature reserve, Swettenham Meadows also close by as well as the 16th century Swettenham Arms which is a popular stop off point for ramblers.
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